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Tough Tests for Teachers, With Question of Bias

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, Jun 21, 2015.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    When you value diversity over education:

    Students are not the only ones struggling to pass new standardized tests being rolled out around the country. So are those who want to be teachers.

    Concerned that education schools were turning out too many middling graduates, states have been introducing more difficult teacher licensing exams. Perhaps not surprisingly, passing rates have fallen. But minority candidates have been doing especially poorly, jeopardizing a long-held goal of diversifying the teaching force so it more closely resembles the makeup of the country’s student body.

    “This is very serious,” said David M. Steiner, dean of the School of Education at Hunter College and a former New York State education commissioner. “It reflects, of course, the tragic performance gap we see in just about every academic or aptitude test.”

    On a common licensing exam called Praxis Core, a new test given in 31 states or jurisdictions that was created to be more rigorous than its predecessor, 55 percent of white candidates taking the test since October 2013 passed the math portion on their first try, according to the preliminary data from the Educational Testing Service, which designed the exam. The passing rate for first-time African-American test takers was 21.5 percent, and for Hispanic test takers, 35 percent. A similar gap was seen on the reading and writing portions.

    In New York, which now has four separate licensing tests that candidates must pass, an analysis last year of the most difficult exam found that during a six-month period, only 41 percent of black and 46 percent of Hispanic candidates passed the test their first time, compared with 64 percent of their white counterparts.

    A federal judge is now weighing whether the test is discriminatory. Because of complaints from education schools that students have not had enough time to adjust, as well as concern about the impact on minorities, at least two states — New York and Illinois — have already postponed or loosened some of their new requirements.

  2. Vombatus

    Vombatus Well-Known Member

    Discrimination? Why should color matter at all? The important thing is to be educated enough to teach.

    Come to think of it, maybe all teachers should be replaced by robots. That way everyone is taught by the same robot standards.

    And if kids act up? Have them wired so that they can be shocked into being obedient, attentive little fuckers. That would probably work better than Ritalin.
  3. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Meanwhile, Cross-Eyed Inbred Geek Scott Walker marches on:

    What the heck is going on with Wisconsin public education? - The Washington Post

    Notice this empowers the school district, including the private voucher school, to make their own judgments on what constitututes "proficiency" or "relevant experience" in the subject they intend the new hires to teach.
  4. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Starman, what do you think about New York and Illinois postponing and/or loosening some of the new requirements?
  5. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    It'd be fun to see what the requirements are for private and charter schools. Maybe they're following the Scott Walker template and recruiting right out of Burger World:

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